Mighty Casey Gets Woke
Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Big league Baseball, has managed to get to the left of Stacey Abrams on Georgia’s election law.
Even Abrams, who still declares she is the rightful governor of the state and is a consistent fount of hysteria and misinformation about its voting guidelines, has actually said she opposes boycotts of the state and is “dissatisfied” by MLB’s choice to pull the All-Star Video game from Atlanta this summer.
If MLB is all of a sudden enthusiastic about the intricacies of the nation’s voting laws, it could have provided one specific alleged outrage in Georgia that caused it to make this relocation. Was it the newly extended voting hours? The decision to keep drop boxes completely after their adoption on an emergency situation basis last year, just not at irreversible pandemic levels? The requirement that voters compose a chauffeur’s license number or other identifier on absentee-ballot envelopes (when Ohio, the state where the last All-Star Game was played, has a similar guideline)? The prohibition on people offering water within 150 feet of a ballot station to people standing in line, although drinks can be provided to survey workers to disperse and water stations made typically readily available?
We could go on. MLB stayed with gauzy generalities in its statement, one assumes, due to the fact that pointing out the specifics of the law with any precision would expose its decision as being completely unwarranted. MLB moving the Summer season Classic has all the trademarks of a craven attempt to curry favor with fashionable opinion, after the president of the United States encouraged it to do so in an ESPN interview filled with falsehoods about Georgia.
Certainly there is no consistency here. MLB had no problem a couple of years ago creating an agreement with the Chinese tech business, Tencent, to stream its video games in China, where early-voting hours are notoriously restrictive. It’s been delighted to have a cooperative relationship with Cuba, where tally drop boxes are not nearly as readily available as one would hope. It permits the Yankees and Mets to play in New york city, and makes its head office there, when New York does not have no-excuse absentee ballot and Georgia does, it provides less days of early ballot than Georgia, and it has its own law against offering food and drink to citizens.
< div class=" video-wrapper jw-player-container" data-component=" jwplayer" > Indeed, MLB is going to need to take some care to guarantee that it discovers a new state for the All-Star Game that doesn’t have more limiting rules than Georgia.
Perversely, MLB’s decision will injure the very individuals the league is purporting to support. The video game was going to bring financial activity to Atlanta, which is a majority-black city. It would have meant cash for hotel and dining establishment workers, hot-dog and T-shirt vendors, and other shift workers. The Atlanta Braves, in an unusual show of disagreement with the league office, pronounced themselves “deeply dissatisfied” that “companies, workers, and fans in Georgia are the victims of this choice.”
Baseball long back lost its frustrating hold on the nation’s imagination, but it was relatively a reflection of its vestigial status as the National Activity that it prevented contention over the nationwide anthem and avoided politics more than other significant sports. Not any longer. It has actually shown that it wants to pander like any other woke corporation and has gotten caught up in– in fact, now is a corporate leader in– the ill-informed and mendacious campaign versus Georgia.
State it ain’t so, Mr. Manfred.
Published at Sat, 03 Apr 2021 17:15:51 +0000